BLANKS | Spring 2019

May 15th - 18th, 2019


by Gethsemane Herron-Coward

Directed by Tyler Thomas


Medical student Reese desperately hunts for the romance of her dreams while her “aunties” - Black women throughout history and media - dissuade, distract and try to save her from love’s violent abandonment - something they all experienced, something they all did not survive.


BLANKS interrogates how intimate partner violence, intersectional patriarchy, and neglect affect Black women’s pursuit of romantic and filial love. It ask if love conquers all, what happens when it conquers you?



May 15 - 2:30pm

May 17 - 8:00pm

May 18 - 2:30pm



Production Team

Dramaturg Phaedra Scott

Producer Cali Green

Production Stage Manager Dennis Ho

Scenic Designer Jocelyn Grigorie

Costume Designer Sarah Woodham

Lighting Designer Ebony Burton


Ticket Policy

No late seating


About the Playwright

Gethsemane Herron-Coward is a poet-turned-playwright from Washington, D.C. She is a 2016 semi-finalist for the Rising Circle INK TANK, a 2016 finalist for the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, a 2017 finalist for SPACE on Ryder Farm. Gethsemane is also a 2016 Grant Recipient from the Puffin Foundation, which supported her residency with JAW Magic Time at Judson Memorial Church. Gethsemane’s short play, The Falling Man received a production in The Fire This Time Festival in 2018. Her work has been supported by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Millay Colony, where she was the 2018 Yasmin Scholarship Fellow. Her work has been seen in Atlanta Black Star, The Washington Post, the 24 Hour Plays: Nationals and Columbia University.


Event Time & Date

Date: Past Event
Location: Ford Foundation Studio Theatre
Pershing Square Signature Center
480 W 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

Meet The Playwrights: Gethsemane Herron-Coward ‘19

Meet The Playwrights: Gethsemane Herron-Coward ‘19

May 14, 2019

BLANKS by Gethsemane Herron-Coward ’19 and directed by Tyler Thomas is the sixth play to be presented as part of the New Plays Festival 2019 featuring seven new plays by the graduating MFA playwriting class.

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